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LPC Law Notes Public Companies and Equity Finance Notes

Ipo Timetable Chart Notes

Updated Ipo Timetable Chart Notes

Public Companies and Equity Finance Notes

Public Companies and Equity Finance

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IPO Timetable

Time Details
24-52 weeks before impact day

Pre-IPO preparation

  • Company chooses advisers

    • LR 8.1.1 if premium listed then appoint sponsor

  • Company considers its suitability for an IPO and the most appropriate method of listing its shares

  • Company effects any necessary restructuring

  • Company takes decision to proceed with IPO

12-24 weeks before impact day

The IPO process begins

  • Company appoints advisers and meets sponsor (if premium listed)

  • Sponsor drafts and advisers agree a timetable

  • Sponsor informs FSA about intended IPO

  • First marketing meetings with sponsor and broker

  • Initial planning meetings with advisers take place

  • Legal and financial due diligence begins

    • Business due diligence into the commercial aspects of the company

    • Financial due diligence carried out by the reporting accountants

    • Legal due diligence

      • Corporate – structure & constitution of the company

      • Business & trading – including requests for all material agreements

      • Assets

      • Property

      • Environmental matters

      • Insurance

      • Basic financial information

      • IP and information technology

      • Employees

      • Pensions

      • Disputes

      • Any market-specific regulatory issues

6-12 weeks before impact day

The process gathers momentum

  • Key managers of the company work full-time on IPO

  • Accountants produce long-form and draft short-form report

  • Lawyers produce draft prospectus and begin the verification process

  • Initial drafting meeting with advisers

  • Sponsor submits draft documentation relating to the approval of the prospectus to the FSA

  • Pay FSA fee for approval of the prospectus

  • Sponsor & company have first meeting with the Stock Exchange

  • Initial pricing meetings with sponsor, broker and any underwriters and sub-underwriters

  • Valuation of any key assets

  • Meetings with Financial PR consultants

2-6 weeks before impact day

The process becomes intense

  • Detailed drafting meetings, incorporating FSA’s comments

  • Lawyers complete verification

  • Publish any pathfinder prospectus

  • Accountants and sponsors review cash-flow statements and any profit forecasts

  • Convene completion GM of company

  • Further PR meetings

  • Ensure any ancillary documentation is prepared

  • First meeting with registrars

  • Deadline for submitting draft prospectus to the FSA is 20 days before impact day

    • 87C FSMA – FSA must notify company whether it has decided to approve prospectus before the end of the period of 20 working days beginning on the date which the application is received

    • Once approved it must be filed with FSA under PR 3.2.1R

  • ADS 2.1 Submit draft prospectus to LSE 10 working days before impact day

  • LR 3.3.2R Submission to FSA application for Admission of Securities to official list

  • ADS 2.4 Submission to LSE of Form 1 in final form

Week before impact day

Preparation peaks

  • Completion GM held

    • If the IPO involves an offer of shares by way of subscription then may need to grant authority to allot under s.551 CA 2006 & disapply pre-emption rights under 561

    • Reorganising share capital

    • Adopting new articles of association

    • Re-registration as a public company

  • Directors’ marketing roadshows

The day before impact day

All documentation must be signed off

  • Verification meeting – actually part of the due diligence process

    • Process which produces a written record so that the company can support what it has said in the prospectus

    • Purpose is to protect those who have responsibility for the prospectus from legal liability arising out of its publication

  • Completion board meeting

    • Approve the terms of the prospectus

    • Approve the terms of any ancillary documentation

    • Proceed with IPO and in particular the application for admission to listing & trading

  • ...

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